Robert E. Freeman is a partner in the Corporate Department, co-head of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group and a member of the Sports Law Group. A nationally recognized media and sports attorney, Rob has been named an “Elite Dealmaker” by Variety, a “Top Lawyer” by Cablefax, and, most recently, one of the entertainment world’s “Power Lawyers” by The Hollywood Reporter.
For over two decades, Rob has helped to structure and negotiate the transactions that shape the way consumers access and view content. As the co-head of Proskauer’s TMT group, Rob leads a team of attorneys focused on media, sports, entertainment and technology, representing clients such as Warner Bros. Discovery, Hulu, Cox Communications, TMRW Sports, DISH/Sling, AMC Networks, Seminole Hard Rock Digital, NBA Media, NFL Media, and The Big Ten. Rob’s work for these clients includes a broad array of corporate transactions ranging from the negotiation of complex media and sports rights and content distribution agreements, including over both traditional (e.g., cable, satellite, telco) and digital (e.g., Internet, wireless) platforms, to the creation of joint ventures, strategic alliances and complex commercial licensing arrangements and industry-specific mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, Rob also has advised multiple clients on first-of-their-kind transactions related to sports betting. In addition, as recognized by Chambers USA, Rob has extensive experience in the area of sports and arts-related sponsorship, naming rights, licensing, endorsement and talent-related agreements.
Recent examples of Rob’s work include representing ForgeLight LLC in its acquisition of a majority stake in Univision Holdings, Inc, the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S.; Discovery in its $2 billion+ joint venture with the PGA Tour to form “GOLFTV” and subsequent acquisitions of Golf Digest and Golf Channel Latin America; Cox Communications in the negotiation of the largest content acquisition deal in Cox’s history with The Walt Disney Company, which included all of Disney’s cable networks, ABC’s broadcast stations, and the ESPN family of programming services; and The Stars Group in its groundbreaking partnership with FOX Sports, which included the launch of sports betting platform FOX Bet and an equity investment by FOX of over $240 million in The Stars Group.
Rob is consistently cited in Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US as a recommended lawyer for Media & Entertainment and Technology & Telecoms. He has been recognized in each of the last three years as one of Variety’s New York Elite Dealmakers, which honors East Coast power players for their work in the media and entertainment industries. He was honored on Variety’s “Dealmakers List” in 2019, recognizing the executives behind the biggest deals in media and entertainment. Rob also was named a 2018 and 2019 Top Lawyer by Cablefax, which recognizes “the legal titans of cable, broadband, broadcast TV, wireless and internet” and was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers list in both 2018 and 2020, which honors the top 100 entertainment lawyers in the U.S.
Rob is a frequent lecturer on sports, media, intellectual property, licensing, emerging technology, digital rights and sponsorship issues and is the editor of Proskauer’s “Three Point Shot” sports e-newsletter. He is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the T. Howard Foundation, whose mission is to increase diversity in the media and entertainment industries. Rob has also chaired the Golf Committee for the March of Dimes’ annual golf outing in the NYC area.